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Public Conversations
Public Conversations is an ongoing series of community forums designed to convene Charlotte-area residents for discussion of timely and relevant topics. Our goal is to create comfortable settings that encourage a stimulating and enlightening exchange of ideas. By organizing these Public Conversations, WFAE intends to serve as a catalyst for community dialogue. Participants are encouraged to engage in conversation with a cross-section of community representatives, expert panelists, and with each other.

The State Of Public Education

As the new school year gets underway, this community forum explored the changing climate for public education in the Charlotte region. Panelists addressed recent moves to raise teacher pay and discussed the future of student achievement standards and Common Core guidelines. The forum also examined the role of charter schools, their successes and challenges to date in the Charlotte area, and the outlook for charter programs.

Moderator
Tom Bullock - Reporter, WFAE

Panelists including
Torrieann Dooley
- Teacher, David Cox Road Elementary School
Eric Guckian - Senior Education Advisor to NC Governor Pat McCrory
Dr. Heath Morrison - Superintendent, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Tiffany Flowers - Executive Director, KIPP Charlotte